Compliments and appreciations bring us closer together. Finding ways to compliment your children can be a very valuable parenting tool. So often we are focused on what our children have done wrong. How about trying to focus on what your children have done right and give them an appropriate compliment.
"I appreciate how quickly you get dressed and ready for school."
"I notice how kindly you cared for Jimmy when he felt sad, I bet it helped him feel better."
"Thank you for clearing the table."
You will be amazed how this simple act will change the atmosphere in your home. And, imagine if we all tried this in our adult relationships and workplaces!
It is also important for children to learn how to give compliments. Siblings don't have any trouble bickering and putting each other down, but they struggle with the idea of appreciating each other. Maybe it all boils down to training. Giving and receiving compliments is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. So how about starting today?
If you would like to learn more about the Positive Discipline model which helps build connections and relationships, and how to raise respectful, resourceful and responsible children, check out our upcoming introductory and 6-week class schedule at www.positivedisciplinewesternct.org. .
Positive Discipline of Western CT promotes and encourages the development of life skills and respectful relationships in families, schools, and businesses in our local communities. We will provide classes to parents, caregivers, educators, and youth development workers, teaching how to raise a child using Positive Discipline skills.